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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Products Liability for Ohio on
Q: I am going to resell frozen cheese sticks that I bought on amazon. Are there any things I could get in trouble for?

I contacted the seller and they said I am allowed to resell them and I will put a warning label on the package stating that there is dry ice inside but should there be any other things I should be concerned about legally? I don want to be sued or get in trouble so could you state some precautions... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 6, 2021

If there is a problem you can bet people will look at you. Check with your state health department/department of agriculture. You may be required to have certain licenses and refridgeration if you are going to sell frozen food products, particularly meats.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: I found a dog on the side of the road and knocked on doors and no one answered so I took the dog to a friend

Now my friend has her is that illegal? The owners finally contacted me and want her back but I don’t have her. What do I do?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2021

Call your friend so they can return the dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Will having a defense attorney present at the investigation discourage prosecutors from building a case?

Iam the target suspect in a burglary investigation. I have not been contacted by authorities and no charges have been filed as of yet. Are there advantages If I hire a defense attorney before the investigation is over and they press charges? Can a defense attorney play a role in the pre fillings... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2021

Hiring an attorney as early as possible is generally beneficial. It can help keep you from making mistakes like talking to the police, and the attorney can often influence detectives and prosecutors decisions.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: How do I get child support stopped?

I have three children ages 12, 8, and 5. Current child support order. No court visitation schedule. Dad is harassing me. Threatening me. Telling me if I do not drop support order "I will see what happens. Children barely see him. I tried to go through child support they said only way they... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Mar 5, 2021

Do you really believe he will not bother you if you drop support? If so, and you want to do this, either you or he would have to file a motion to modify support. You can agree to do so, unless you are receiving government assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If I go to Cali and skip court for an f4 assault on peace officer can I get extradited?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 5, 2021

Yes, and worse, you can be arrested and held only to be released when the other jurisdiction decides not to pay for transport, and then arrested and held only to be released when the other jurisdiction decides not to pay for transport, again and again.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Cps has not informed me of a removal hearing happening Monday morning. My ex husband informed me. Cps will not respond

I have tried contacting my social worker for 3 days now via phone and email no response. The meeting is via zoom but it’s appearing she is keeping me in the dark about it. What rights do I have ? I am the mother.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 5, 2021

Who are you in all this? At first it sounds like you have a removal hearing, but then it sounds like your child does. If it's the child, is he or she a minor?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: My 21 y/o crashed car injured no one has no license but he has been on my policy since 18. Car insured not what?

Yes I never knew he didn't have his license. This makes no sense to me why not just take the test follow the rules. Young and wild. He bought a car with extra COVID relief $$ and was able to add to the insurance we have Progressive. Please any advice would be greatly appreciated to help me... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 5, 2021

I seriously doubt the insurance company is going to pay anything since one of the conditions in their contracts is only licensed drivers.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I have shared custody of my daughter me an the mom agreed each year we will file my daughter as a dependent.

With the stimulus payment she feel she is guaranteed all of it. I agreed on half. What should happen next

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 5, 2021

You two should work this out like adults. That's what should happen next. It's not nearly enough money to get the lawyers involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I wasn’t able to sign my daughter’s birth certificate now her mother new boyfriend is wanting to adopt her.

I haven’t been able to see her because the mother refuses to let me come to their house or to meet me. She won’t let any of my family see her. Her Son is not her boyfriend either but he has boyfriends last name and he can’t have children. How is this legal for her to do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 5, 2021

If the mother is not married, then she is the sole legal custodian of the child, and decides who can or can't have time with the child. It does not matter whose name is on the birth certificate. The biological father would have to prove paternity, then file with the juvenile court for... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: In Feb 2021, I received a letter from a financial firm looking for relatives of an uncle who passed in 2015. What now?

My uncle passed in early 2015, divorced for decades with no children and no will. The only direct relatives left are a few cousins, of which I am one. The estate went to probate during that same year with all his assets liquidated to pay outstanding debts. The city took ownership of the house... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling answered on Mar 5, 2021

If its already been to probate, then it probably doesn't need to go again. This could be unclaimed funds. But, a court may still be needed to order who the funds are distributed to. This can get complicated. I suggest getting an attorney. If the statements are legit, you can certainly... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: What are a father's legal rights to kids without custody agreement? Is a mother required to let his take the children?

He signed an affidavit of paternity at birth. There is no custody order in place. He moved out. He wants to take them to a place I feel is unsafe.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 4, 2021

If the parents are not married, and a court has never granted the father any parental rights, then the mother is the sole legal custodian of the children and makes all decisions about the children. She does not have to let the father have any contact with the children. But the biological father... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I had a dissolution in 2017. We agreed to no child support for either of us. Can she take me back to court for support?

We agreed in our dissolution, to no child support. She came to me shortly after that, and demanded I paid her. So I have been paying support, since then, though I was not ordered by any court to do so, so she wouldn’t move my child a long distance from me. Now she has brought up going through the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 4, 2021

Yes, she can file to have a child support order issued. Even after a marriage terminates, the court retains jurisdiction to review child support issues until the child is 18 or graduates high school. Ohio uses a calculation worksheet. Here is a link where you can enter amounts and get a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: How can they pull taxes out for a court case that was dismissed in the atate of ohio

I was given a seat belt ticket told i had a suspended license the suspend license was thrown out as I proved my license Wasnt suspended and that suspension had been lifte

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 4, 2021

Your question is difficult to follow. But, cases are very often dismissed at defendant's cost, which can result in an outstanding bill even for a dismissed case.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a shared parenting agreement however my ex is using covid not to get his son. He hasn't gotten him since 3/2020.

Can I do anything about it? Also if my son is too much for me, can give temporary custody of him to his father? How do I do that? His father doesn't speak to me at all and I have asked for his help before and he will not help at all. Medically I can no longer live with him as he gives me... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 4, 2021

The past year has been very difficult and has had adverse affects on mental health. The father needs to step up. Start by talking to your son's father about the situation. Also talk to your son's school counselor, who could advise you about family counseling services that are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Am I required to give a copy of signed lease to tenant?

My tenant would like to move out before her lease is up 1 month in. In order to move out there is a break lease fee. I forgot to send a signed copy of the lease and know she’s saying her lease is invalid since I did not provide her with a copy. Note She has never once asked for a copy of the lease

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 4, 2021

There is no legal requirement to give tenant a copy of a lease agreement, unless the lease itself requires tenant to receive a copy. Tell tenant that if she moves out, breaching the lease, and fails to pay the break lease fee, then you can sue her for that plus the amount of lost rent until you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Banking and Probate for Ohio on
Q: my mother passed away with no will or anything. I am her only child, she did not remarry.

She passed away suddenly and I have the paperwork printed out, but need to know the easiest route to close her bank account, and switch the title to her truck into my name.

Beverly A Stull
Beverly A Stull answered on Mar 3, 2021

I am sorry for your loss. If your mother's name was the only one on the bank account and the truck, you will need to open a probate estate. There are 3 different sizes of estates, based on the value of the probate assets. You should check the website of the probate court of the county where... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a plea deal for disorderly conduct 2917.11 4 yrs ago. Can I own a gun?

It was from a domestic violence but it was also all a lie. But was scared into taking this plea due to my “inexperience” of dealing with the court and could not afford an attorney at the time. I have got a gun since and vary soon after and passed the background check.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 3, 2021

A disorderly conduct conviction does not bar you from owning or possessing firearms.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: children services case got closed but I signed temporary custody over to my brother can i get my son back in court?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 3, 2021

You can file for legal custody and attempt to convince the court it is now appropriate to have your son back.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Tenants, w/o written lease, and I'm evicting. I allowed them to keep their cars here. Can I have them towed?

They had 5 cars sitting on my property. Sheriffs office said I could have them towed at their expense. Tenants are threatening me that I will be in big trouble if I tow their cars.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 3, 2021

We need some more information here. First things first, as long as they were tenants were they allowed to keep the cars there? If so, you shouldn't tow them until you have an eviction order in hand and have provided them with a reasonable opportunity to remove the vehicles.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: My employer is asking me to take a pay cut but no one else. I’m the only African American there. Is this legal?

I refused a paycut but I feel they may still act on it even though I’ve refused.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Mar 3, 2021

Hi, more information is needed here. Has anyone made any comments to you about your race or why you were the only selected for a paycut? I would reach out to an employment law attorney in your state for a consultation.

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